It’s so easy to ignore value and fixate on price. When you are a mover and a doer, it’s such a simple slide to think only about what you are paying and not about what you are getting. We have been hard at work building value into our offerings at Tapas.
Side note: before we get into the new and coming value remember that yoga is, by itself, immensely valuable. It has been shown to reduce stress, pain, and tension and increase strength, mobility, and well-being. As just one small example: the NIH reports that among adults who practice yoga, 86% experienced reduced stress, 67% felt better emotionally, and 63% were more motivated to keep up regular exercise. Health is priceless.
Remember early 2020? It’s hazy, I know. Back then, at Tapas Yoga we had great value to offer: excellent instruction, immaculate facilities, and friendly support. Yoga students could access these services multiple times a day: just choose your class time, come to the studio, and walk out feeling calm and strong.
Now, just seven months later, we’ve changed that arrangement for the better. With most of our classes being livestreamed, we’ve eliminated the need to come to the studio to access high quality yoga instruction. Students can now access our yoga medicine at all of our class times from anywhere. Same price, endless locations.
Coming soon we’re adding more. What if our yoga wasn’t just available from anywhere but was available at any time? This is our next 2020 innovation. Look for a roll-out of 24 hour replay in the next month. All livestreamed classes will be available for the following 24 hours. This means once you register for class (using our new tiered pricing system) you can access that class from anywhere (via livestream) at any time (via replay).
Recap: 2020 has brought Tapas Yoga from yoga in studio and scheduled times to yoga anywhere, at any time. Thanks, 2020.
Last but not least, this 20 minute mindfulness based body scan is sure to settle your body and mind and be that deep refresh you need. (link in bio)
You’ll be guided step by step through drawing the attention inward and to truly feel, without judgement, what you are experiencing in the present moment. As you move through the session, keep the “name it to tame it” mindset and do your best to notice, without allowing the mind to spin off into emotional responses, what’s happening in the body. Responding to our emotions is a natural and healthy process but unchecked, can lead to a general feeling of unhappiness, anger or despair. Mindfulness based practices have been shown to reduce stress and chronic pain, improve sleep as well as overall mental health.
Wellness Challenge Day 9: Ujjayi Breath
The Victorious (Ujjayi) Breath is a traditional yoga pranayama practice that is easy to learn and fun to practice. Modern research is finding what yoga has known all along – that breath practices are powerful tools for managing stress and increasing happiness.
Once learned, the Victorious Breath can be practiced nearly anywhere. In yoga posture practice, the Victorious Breath can be used to increase our heat, focus, and energy. Outside of practice, people find it brings them into the present moment, soothes the nervous system, and brings them back into balance.
Learn this simple technique and you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go.
Every day we are faced with the heaviness of our own suffering and the suffering of others. The amount of suffering all around us can quickly become overwhelming. Compassion helps ease this suffering. Most of us value compassion, patience, and love, but it isn’t always our instinct to turn to these values.
Through metta bhavana or loving kindness meditation we work towards making compassion our default response to suffering. This compassion and loving kindness is for all beings; ourselves, our loved ones, strangers, and all sentient beings in the world. In loving kindness meditation we repeat simple phrases that are like gifts or blessings intentionally given to ourselves and others.
In this guided meditation we will repeat four simple phrases.
May I (you) be happy.
May I (you) be safe.
May I (you) be healthy.
May I (you) live with ease.
Gratitude can make our lives better. This is supported by experience, tradition, and research. Gratitude is the appreciation of what we have and leads into other enriching emotions, such as abundance, generosity, and compassion. How do we feel more gratitude? Practice. Try this short guided meditation to bring to mind something you are grateful for and relish the felt experience of that gratitude in your body. Keep a gratitude journal in which you write down at least three things you are grateful for each day. You will find yourself looking forward to this time of celebrating what you have in your life, as well as finding that gratitude comes more and more easily, arising even without trying as you move through your days.
Developing emotional and mental equanimity is an important way to be able to face the many ups and downs of life. Our minds are constantly categorizing emotions and experiences into positive, negative, or neutral. We are conditioned to try to fight against bad feelings and experiences and to seek out only the good. No matter how hard we try, everyone experiences waves of highs and lows. Being bombarded by bad news all day, every day can leave us rocked to our emotional core.
Cultivating equanimity is a way for us to not ignore or be indifferent to the negative parts of life, but to manage our reactions so that we can approach the fluctuations with a calm and open mind.